Robert Hunter
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  • Stinson Beach, CA
  • United States
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I knew nothing about music until my freshman year in college at Northeastern U. in Boston, when I decided to take a history of music elective. Unbeknownst to me at the time was that NUs music department had been taken over by renegades from the New Enland Conservatory. Thus I was lucky to be taught by Helen Keaney, whose love of music planted the composing seed in my brain.

That seed lay dormant for many years while I pursued a career in the business world, until a couple of years ago when I became aware of all the potential of creating music using a computer. I began composing in Overture, then made the transition recently over to Sibelius. For virtual instruments I use East West Orchestra. Each day I'm up at 5AM and am able to compose for an hour or two before heading off to work. My goal each day is to write at least a measure - it's amazing what that can add up to over time.

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Harmonia left a comment for Robert Hunter
"Robert, your "Data Exchange" is your best piece yet!  Elegant and sophisticated, energetic and pulsing with life, the orchestration and texture show us how much can be done with simple elements, like repeated notes and simple…"
Jun 14, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Stefaan Himpe's discussion "cadence"-like chord progressions in modal music?
"Interesting. Julie's example of Bartok's Violin Concerto #2 vs. Stefaan's Mark Snyder piece seem to be the distinction between Art and Science. The notion of Perlin noise as the visual equivalent of the sound we hear in Snyder's…"
Feb 25, 2014
Harmonia left a comment for Robert Hunter
"Robert, your "Dance of the Dervishes" is a most intriguing piece!  Could you tell us more about the modes and scales it uses?  The beginning sounds like one of the octatonic modes, which I always think are so rich in…"
Feb 24, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Stefaan Himpe's discussion "cadence"-like chord progressions in modal music?
"Vincent Persichetti's book, "Twentieth Century Harmony" (great book, by the way) has a short section which touches upon modes and the various roles played by the chords within each. For example: "A set of chords may be found…"
Feb 23, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"Thanks for posting Cantus Arcticus Julie. Beautiful music. I also really enjoy having the score to follow as the music progresses. It must be challenging to get all the birds together to do live performances of this piece however.  ;-)"
Feb 12, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"Another composer I stumbled upon recently - a Finnish composer, Einojuhani Rautavaara. I'm currently listening to his 7th symphony, mvmt iV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eMlFq47uAg"
Feb 11, 2014
Robert Hunter replied to Harmonia's discussion What are you listening to?
"A couple of composers I've stumbled onto recently: One is Mason Bates, who Michael Tilson Thomas has dubbed as one of the "American Mavericks". I really his enjoy his "Mothership", particularly the version performed by LSO…"
Nov 6, 2013

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